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Global health briefs - December 2015
November / December 2015 | Volume 14, Issue 6
WHO issues new report on global aging
By 2050, nearly 1.5 billion people will be 65 or older, with the proportion of older people growing fastest in developing countries, according the WHO's World Report on Aging and Health. The study discusses steps to enhance integrated care and maximize seniors' quality of life.
CDC cites lessons from Ebola outbreak
The Ebola outbreak response has provided useful lessons on how to better detect, respond to and prevent the spread of future health threats, according to a CDC report. In its largest mobilization ever, the agency sent 3,000 personnel to help combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Traffic kills 1.25M yearly, most in LMICs
About 1.25 million people are killed by traffic accidents each year, 90 percent of them in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO's new Global status report on road safety 2015 gives a snapshot of road safety around the world and discusses measures that could save lives.
NIH launches portal for undiagnosed diseases
The NIH has produced a new online portal for patients worldwide who suffer from undiagnosed diseases and would like to apply for help. Researchers in NIH's Undiagnosed Disease Network have assessed 800 patients since 2008, producing a diagnosis for about a quarter of them.
LMICs are adding mental health policies
Low- and middle-income countries are adopting more mental health policies, with scientific evidence pointing to cost-effective interventions, according to a policy paper by the nonprofit Center for Global Development, which aims to reduce poverty and inequality.
NIH-supported diabetes database opens
A new online database allows researchers to view data on over 100,000 human genetic samples with information on Type 2 diabetes, obtained from clinical consortia supported by the NIH and the Foundation for the NIH. By facilitating access to the data, NIH's Accelerating Medicines Partnership hopes to speed research and development of new treatments.
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